Basic Forensic Scene Photography

A guide to documenting scenes and evidence with photographs - and analyzing scene and evidence photographs
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course is designed for the new and veteran private investigators, law enforcement, insurance adjusters and attorneys with an interest and need to document, or analyze, scenes and evidence using photography. This course covers the equipment and selection, processes and protocols, and legal considerations. This is important for any investigator conducting, or expert analyzing, photographs for litigation - forensic photography.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no special requirements. This course is designed for those being introduced or new to forensic scene photography. As long as the student as a basic understanding of digital cameras - turn on and off, focus, and take a picture - the student will learn and benefit.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to take better scene and evidentiary photographs
  • You will be able to document the scene and evidence
  • You will be able to analyze scene and evidence photographs
  • You will be able to develop, follow and analyze an agency policy on forensic photography
  • You will be able to understand the important advantages of digital photography and images
  • You will learn of equipment and accessories for scenes
  • You will learn the duties of a forensic photographer at the scene - for your own investigations or analyzing another's
  • You will learn the basic forensic scene photography procedures - for your own investigations or analyzing another's
  • You will learn the legal requirements of forensic photography, evidence and testimony - for your own investigations or analyzing another's

What is the target audience?

  • Private Investigators, Law Enforcement, Insurance Adjusters and Attorneys

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introducing 'Basic Forensic Scene Photography'
01:22

Please be sure and download the color handout, in PDF. This has all the slides and will be your guide in following the course.

Section 2: Getting Started with Forensic Photography
01:57

What is forensic photography and how does it differ from amateur photography? Why is it important for civil and criminal investigations? This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

09:59

Digital photography has introduced some important advantages over film photography. Continuing advances in digital photography have also reduced costs while increasing effectiveness of forensic scene photography. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

03:44

Our judicial system is based on evidence - evidence that must be collected and documented correctly, must be relevant, and have a foundation for admissibility. Common mistakes lose evidence, destroy evidence and cause it to be inadmissible. This section will highlight the key policy components and guide the student to developing their own. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

Section 3: Techniques in Forensic Photography
07:17

This section will build a foundation and cover the necessary basic techniques for better scene photographs. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

11:32

The use of a flash in forensic scene photography is much different in purpose and result than traditional photography. This section will highlight these important concepts. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

Section 4: The Fine Print of Forensic Photography
11:21

Whether taking the scene photographs, or analyzing the work-product of another forensic photographer - understanding the duties is very important to a successful assignment. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

06:48

Understanding the duties of the forensic scene photographer is important to assuring the correct procedures are followed. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

10:10

Following the steps of the duties and procedures in forensic scene photography are the standards. Following proper standards - from policies to rules of evidence and ethics - is vital to assuring the photographic evidence is admissible, and also supports the written records and reports of the investigation. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

05:04

Failing to properly document the events of the forensic scene photography assignment can lead to issues for the client. Proper documentation is the final supporting step in the duties, procedures and standards of basic forensic scene photography. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

Section 5: Assuring Forensic Photography is Evidentiary
03:17

Following the steps of the previous section and lectures - The Fine Print of Forensic Photography (Duties, Procedures, Standards and Documenting) - builds the foundation for assuring the photographs are of evidentiary value. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

07:43

The duties of a forensic photographer do not end with the assignment - they do not end until the case is adjudicated, and actually long after - due to appeals, concurrent litigation (i.e. a criminal act resulting in a civil suit). During and after the assignment, it is imperative to assure proper protocols, including policy development, are followed with recording, archiving and distributing images. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

06:32

There is a difference between altering, manipulating and enhancing images - and the penalties or admissibility of the evidentiary photographs is dependent on knowing the difference, and following proper procedures. This is important to both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

Section 6: In Conclusion - Thank You!
02:23

We really appreciate the time you have taken to enroll in this course. We hope it is valuable to you as a private investigator, law enforcement, insurance representative or attorney. Please share your comments with us, as well as ideas for a more advanced course and other courses. We hope you found this course beneficial to you as both the photographer and the person analyzing the work of the forensic photographer.

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Instructor Biography

Associates In Forensic Investigations Beers, Legal Investigators and Expert Consultants

Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI began his investigative career in 1987. He is a Certified Legal Investigator and Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and expert consultant / witness in criminal defense homicide and civil equivocal death investigations. He is certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations and is a POST certified instructor, and experienced forensic autopsy assistant.

He has lectured extensively and authored multiple articles, peer-reviewed white papers, and provided expert testimony on Protocols of Private Investigation, and Forensic Investigations of Injury Pattern Analysis (including Blood Pattern Analysis) and Death Investigations (including Protocols and Standards), as well as consulted as a subject matter expert in Equivocal Death Analysis, Injury Causation, Time of Death, Crime Scene Analysis, Investigative Protocol, Evidence Protocol, and Forensic Photography.

Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI, began her investigative career in 1996, also earning her Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude).She is also a Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations. In addition to being a subject matter expert in death investigations, her background, education and experience with victim advocacy and counseling are valuable assets in working with families and victims of traumatic events.

As a death investigator Karen was involved in the investigations of all manners of deaths and incidents, training under three Forensic Pathologists. From 2004-2006 she investigated and assisted with numerous death cases and scenes, and assisted with forensic autopsies.

As Team Beers, they provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Death and Injury Causation in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation – Together We're Better!

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